Haiti – US: Members of Congress call for urgent federal action to stabilize Haiti

Haiti – US: Members of Congress call for urgent federal action to stabilize Haiti
13/05/2024 10:02:31

Haiti - US: Members of Congress call for urgent federal action to stabilize Haiti

Haitian Caucus Co-Chairs of Congresswomen Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), along with Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL -24) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) held a press conference on Capitol Hill with colleagues and advocates to renew their calls for urgent federal action to address the growing crisis in Haiti.

They demand: : expansion and repurposing of the TPS for Haiti; halting all deportations to Haiti; disrupting the arms trade to the island; providing urgent humanitarian assistance; preventing the transfer of Haitian nationals to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; passing a new economic aid package that will create jobs and rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure…

“In light of the crisis in Haiti, our moral compass and our international duty compel us to step forward not only to alleviate the immediate suffering of the Haitian people, but also to address the systemic problems that force Haitians to leave their to flee home country. Reassigning Temporary Protected Status (TPS), along with an accelerated parole program and an immediate halt to deportations, are crucial first steps. But our responsibility does not end there. We must address the root causes of migration by: ensuring that Haitians can live safely and peacefully within their own borders; take a strong stand against the trafficking of firearms from places like Florida to Haiti; hold accountable those who perpetuate violence and instability,” said Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus McCormick, co-chair of the House Haiti Caucus.

“Congress and the Biden Administration have a moral obligation to take action to stabilize Haiti and save lives, including providing humanitarian and economic assistance, expanding TPS for Haiti, halting deportations, facilitating a democratic transition led by Haitian civil society, and more. If we truly believe that Black lives matter, then Haitian lives must also matter.

(…) Congress has a responsibility to support Haitian stability and the security of all its people, and it has the power to make the progress that our Haitian neighbors at home and abroad count on. At this difficult moment when the future of our beloved Caribbean ally is in jeopardy and millions of lives remain at risk, inaction is inexcusable,” said Yvette D. Clarke, co-chair of the House Haiti Caucus.

The lawmakers were joined by Guerline Jozef, Executive Director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director of UndocuBlack Network, Mary Estimé-Irvin, President of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, Tessa Petit, Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition, and affected families and TPS recipients.

“UndocuBlack Network calls on the Biden-Harris administration to end atrocities against Haitians. It is cruel to deport Haitian nationals while arranging the evacuation of American nationals. Our request is simple: honor the dignity of the Haitian people. If Secretary Mayorkas leads by these values, he will release Haitians from detention, expand and redesignate TPS for Haiti, and stop deportations now. To bring about the change President Biden claimed he would, he must act differently than his predecessors, especially when it comes to Black immigrants. said Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director of UndocuBlack Network.

“An economic plan similar to the Marshall Plan is essential to aid Haiti, which is less than 90 miles from our coast, in addition to humanitarian assistance and the rethinking of TPS,” said Mary Estimé-Irvin, president of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network . “Like Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, Haiti is a sovereign nation in need of support.”